By Sania Babirye
The troubled bodaboda 2010 leader Abdallah Kitata has finally told court that he was the patron of the defunct association contradicting his first statement but blamed the contradictions on memory loss.
Kitata had returned before the General court Martial today for further defense.
And while defending himself, the troubled Kitata contradicted his 7th January defense in which he claimed that he was not the leader of BodaBoda 2010 group but was instead the chairman of the National Union of Drivers, Cyclists and Allied Workers in Uganda (NUDCAW).
But while appearing before the seven Member team chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti, Kitatta surprised court when he accepted being the association”s patron but not the chairman.
To justify the difference, Kitata explained that as a patron, he mobilized boda -Boda riders to support the activities of the ruling NRM , lure and recruit them into the party and discourage them to being against government activities .
He also accepted to have undergone a muchaka- muchaka course at Kyankwanzi and that shooting at close range was part of the training that he underwent yet he had earlier denied ever holding a gun for the 40 years of he has been on this earth.
His response followed after Brigadier Joseph Arocha one of the seven members of the army court asked him if he was not taught how to hold a gun at a short range shooting, which is a requirement for every NRM cadre.
However, Kitata maintained that an alleged golden pistol and SMG riffle that prosecutions claimed to have found in his hotel room in Wakaliga did mot belong to him.
Kitata further amazed court when he attributed his contradictions in his defense due to memory loss caused by the long time he has spent on remand at Makindye military barracks were he has been since February 2019.
Kitata began his defense on the 7th of January 2018 by denying all the charges sanctioned on him including being in unlawful possession of a pistol and also being a leader of the notorious Bodaboda 2010 group that terrorized many Ugandans.
He swore by the Quran to give his sworn in evidence before the seven member team chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew and informed court that he intends to produce three witnesses including his driver Ibrahim Sekajja and bodyguard Sowali Ngobi to prove his innocence but these are all charged with Kitata.
Through his lawyer Shaban Sanywa, Kitata told court that for the 40 years he has lived on earth, he has never held a gun , live bullets or possessed any military uniforms.
Kitata also told court that he came to know about the alleged golden pistol while it was being displayed in court by the state.
He however confessed before court that the pistol and an SMG riffle belonged to his body guard and co accused Sowali Ngobi whom he has listed as one of his witness to prove his innocence
Kitata who will be making one year on remand at Makindye military barracks then advised the army court to instead ask Ngobi on how the alleged items reached in his car.
He revealed to court when asked on how he acquired the bodyguard, that that during the 2010 Buganda Kingdom riots , he reached out to his party’s national chairman President Museveni for his security concerns who in turn also delegated former police chief Gen Kale Kayihura to assign him (Kitata) a plain clothed police bodyguard .
Kitata also denied being a leader or member of Boda -boda 2010 group clarifying that he is only in –charge of 2 offices; one being that of the NRM chairman of Lubaga division and another is that of National Union of Drivers and cyclists and Allied workers Association (NUDICAWA).
And as a result he denied having any connection and knowledge of the Millitary uniforms and caps that the army says were recovered from the offices of Boda- boda 2010 at Nateete.
While beginning his defense, Kitata narrated to court how he was arrested from a Hotel rest room at Vine Tea Hotel in Wakaliga by CMI operatives .
He told court that on the 20th of January 2018 , he left his home in Najjanankumbi at about 10am and headed for Vine Tea Hotel to meet some people being an NRM leader .
That after the said meeting , he booked into one of the Hotel rooms from where he saw Army officers surrounding the entire Hotel and some knocking on his Hotel room door.
He has now urged Lt Gen Andrew Gutti to look at the footage caught on a CCTV camera at Vine Hotel before making his decision.
Kitata and nine others are charged with unlawful possession of firearms, ammunition and Military attires before the General Court Martial at Makindye.
Prosecution led by Maj. Rapheal Mugisha led 4 evidence from 4 witnesses stating that a golden pistol loaded with live bullets was recovered on
Kitata during his arrest at Vine Tea Hotel in Wakaliga.
The said items are said to be a monopoly of the army.